Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Singles Forums Chat
Home > News > Post Content

Never Too Late: Ray J decides to pursue a college degree at HBCU (1015 hits)

By Jay Scott Smith

It’s often said that you’re “never too old” to go to college, and that message also applies to celebrities.

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star Ray J. is looking to be another example of that as the 37-year-old has decided to pursue his business degree at Philander Smith College in Arkansas starting in January 2019.

“After speaking to the students about perseverance, hard work and being self-motivated, I was very inspired,” Ray J., real name William Ray Norwood, said on his Instagram under a picture of him surrounded by students cheering him on as he signs the paperwork.

“I welcome the opportunity to further my business skills as I continues to grow and expand my technology company @RayconGlobal,” he added. “It’s never too late to go to college.”

Ray J. was born in Mississippi, but raised in Southern California. He graduated from Carson Senior High School in 1999, but did not go to college.

Acting since he was 8-years-old, Ray J eventually further pursued a music and acting career, before breaking into reality TV with Love & Hip-Hop as well as starting his own business.

He said that he chose Philander Smith College after spending three days on campus, connecting with the students and the school’s President Roderick Smothers. He is also says he wanted to follow in the HBCU footsteps of his parents. His father, William Norwood Sr., attended Jackson State University while his and mother, Sonja, is a graduate of Southern University.

Ray J joins a growing list of entertainer who have decided to hit the books by going back to school. Two years ago, at the age of 35, Nick Cannon joined the freshman class at Howard University and in 2012, Tyra Banks completed a non-degree-granting certificate at Harvard Business school.

Posted By: Elly Moss
Friday, November 16th 2018 at 8:01AM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...

More From This Author
Love Made ......
Ma! Mom! Mommy! Mama!
#Mood: I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
Random Photo Upload On Sun May 5th, 2019 at 12:16AM
Random Photo Upload On Sun May 5th, 2019 at 12:16AM
#TBT: Bed Time Stories
Whole Foods will celebrate the new royal baby with a “vibrant orange” cheddar cheese
Forward This Article Entry!
News Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Black America Resources
100 Black Men of America

Black America's Political Action Committee (BAMPAC)

Black America Study

Black America Web

CNN Black In America Special

NUL State of Black America Report

Most Popular Bloggers
deacon ron gray has logged 170006 blog subscribers!
elly moss has logged 88263 blog subscribers!
tanisha laverne grant has logged 79665 blog subscribers!
agnes levine has logged 52294 blog subscribers!
miisrael bride has logged 37125 blog subscribers!
>> more | add 
Latest Jobs
Development Coordinator VISTA - San Francisco Bay Area with Reading Partners in Oakland, CA.
Teacher - Various Positions K-12 with in Philadelphia, PA.
Associate Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.
Expeditions Associate Director, Team Greenfield with Achievement First in Brooklyn, NY.
Middle School Math & Science Teacher with Near North Montessori School in Chicago, IL.
>> more | add